Hey there, tech fiends. It's that time of the week again. Before we dive into today's focus, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for even more sick bands to hear, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
Whether you’ve been living under a rock or not, Encenathrakh returned recently with their sophomore album, Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake. Whether or not that means anything literal, or, is just joyful nonsense, is irrelevant. As the music on Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake is technical brutal death metal of the highest order, consisting of current/former/live members of Behold The Arctopus, Krallice, Artificial Brain, and more, you really need to check it out in my estimation based on that, regardless of other factors?
Given the nature of their music, their prior 2015 debut self-titled album (jokingly, but also literally) was being sold (at the time) for around $700, it’s hard to tell when parody and absurdism end here. So if I’m incorrect with any assumptions and views here, do let me know? I’m only going on my gut feelings and a smattering of things I’ve been told about the band, this release, and how it differs from their prior stuff. To get down to business and cut through the muck of amusing nonsense, Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake, is a really sick technical brutal death metal offering even if we include the quite possible chance this group is taking the piss out of the genre as is. It's simply that damn good from every angle and from start to finish. That doesn't mean most peoples takeaway won't be: this is fucking demented gibberish. That takeaway is valid no matter how many spins you give Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake! I'm starting to think that was the sole point, a shift away from my initial view that it was maybe only 50% or so of the "point" at best.
On the off chance you didn’t hear 2015’s self-titled album, or, didn’t dive into this new one based on your takeaway from the prior one, I’d still urge you to give Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake multiple listens at a minimum. If you’re into it, Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake can be purchased through their Bandcamp page.